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Audio Files: The Best Gear of 2022

From cutting-edge components to cool retro throwbacks, here are our favorite audio products from the last year

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Despite lingering COVID concerns and supply-chain constrictions, the audio industry somehow managed to come up with a whole new slew of appealing products. While 2022 didn’t yield any major sonic revolutions, it did produce many new products that are more technologically versatile than ever, and a few more basic products that still managed to excel even in categories that have been evolving for decades.

Here are the new products from 2022 that we thought might most excite JazzTimes readers—from high-tech, noise-canceling earphones to traditional (yet terrific) tower speakers.

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Brent Butterworth

Brent Butterworth has been a professional audio journalist since 1989, and has evaluated and measured thousands of audio products. He is currently a writer at Wirecutter and editor of the SoundStage Solo headphone site; served as an editor at such magazines as Sound & Vision and Home Theater; and worked as marketing director for Dolby Laboratories. He also plays double bass with several jazz groups in Los Angeles.